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Livestock Policy Director - AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd

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Job Listing Date
7 Mar 2019
Brisbane, CBD & Inner Suburbs
Work Type
Full Time
Consulting & Strategy, Policy

AgForce Queensland is the State’s peak advocacy group representing the interests of the broadacre agriculture industry.  Advocating on behalf of thousands of primary producers, AgForce is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organisation with a purpose to - "Advance Sustainable Agribusiness'

Every AgForce employee is required to behave in an appropriate professional manner and uphold organisational values and adhere to our code of conduct while representing the organisation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join AgForce in the Brisbane office to provide policy advice on the cattle and beef production portfolio.  Queensland is Australia’s largest producer and exporter of beef, the most significant agricultural commodity for Queensland, with cattle and calf sales worth an estimated $5.7 billion annually.  AgForce has over 5,000 members managing over 40% of the State. We aim for a progressive and profitable beef production sector that sustainably delivers high quality product to our local and international customers.


1. Reporting Arrangements 

The Livestock Policy Director reports to the General Manager - Policy.  This position will also report to the AgForce Cattle President in the role’s functional support of the Cattle Board.

2. Position Summary

The position is responsible for the development of high-quality policy advice and the implementation of positions for AgForce on a wide range of strategic issues affecting livestock in Queensland.  These issues include biosecurity, animal welfare, disease responses, food safety and supply chain integrity management, research and development, market access, production and sustainable land management, commercial and transport and infrastructure issues.   

3. Key Duties and Responsibilities

3.1  Manage the beef commodity policy portfolio, including: 

3.1.1  Management of all regulatory affairs and public policy including reform prioritisation for the beef portfolio, involving policy analysis, advocacy, submissions and policy papers, consultation and government relations. 

3.1.2 Report to and provide secretariat functions to the AgForce Cattle Board and sub-committees including strategic and operational activities such as budget, planning cycle, logistics and company secretary duties.

3.1.3 Advise on community engagement and media and marketing strategies to promote membership and policy outcomes as the credible voice of policy affecting agribusiness 

3.1.4 Manage relationships with members, public and private sector bodies, other state and national representative organisations and commercial stakeholders. 

3.1.5 Project management, partnership development and other activities where it supports the AgForce beef policy portfolio. 

3.1.6 Provide executive support to the AgForce Cattle President as needed (eg, briefing notes, media talking points, etc.). 

3.2 Collaborate on livestock-relevant general policy issues, including:

3.1.1 Work in a coordinated manner within the AgForce policy team to identify trends and research emerging issues and to react and communicate swiftly and effectively on policy issues. 

3.1.2 Respond promptly to individual AgForce members’ inquiries and problems. 

3.1.3 Coordinate and support AgForce general policy committees as required.   

3.1.4 Other responsibilities as directed by the General Manager - Policy and the CEO. 

4. Key Relationships


• General Manager – Policy 

• AgForce policy team 

• Cattle President and Board

• AgForce Media & Communications team

• AgForce regional team

• AgForce members

• AgForce Sheep & Wool Board. 


• Three levels of government

• Other industry and community groups

• Commercial stakeholders including but not limited to food service providers, processors and exporters. 

5. Special Requirements

• Some irregular hours

• Travel throughout Queensland and to interstate capital cities – one week per month on average

• 6-month probation period.

6. Selection Criteria 

**Essential that this be addressed in order for an application to be considered**

i. Qualifications

• Agricultural degree or diploma in related discipline (business, politics, economics) is advantageous and/or equivalent industry experience;

ii. Skills, abilities and knowledge 

• Comprehensive knowledge of red meat production and value chains 

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to persuade a variety of audiences. 

• Proven ability in the facilitation of group processes to achieve policy outcomes

• Ability to respond swiftly and comprehensively to requests from internal and external stakeholders.

• Demonstrated political and strong analytical ability

• Demonstrated well developed negotiation skills in an extremely busy environment. 

iii. Personal qualities 

• Self-motivated with strong sense of initiative.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a very busy environment

• Ability to maintain confidentiality and act with integrity and empathy

• Strong and persuasive public speaking presence

• Exceptional attention to detail.

• Ability to relate to a variety of stakeholders.

Applications must address the selection criteria and should be forwarded to or PO Box 13186, North Bank Plaza, Brisbane, Q, 4003 by close of business, Wednesday, 20 March 2019.

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